Toolroom Records have launched their very own Toolroom TV channel. Touted as the new clubbers’ digest, the first episode takes us behind the scenes at some of the most memorable events of 2011 and includes interviews with top Toolroom artists and live footage, all set to a hot soundtrack.
Having notched up over 12 000 views in just one week, episode one gives fans a glimpse into the hectic Toolroom touring rota as we are transported, along with an impressive array of artists, between cities and venues hosting packed out nights. If you attended any of these events, the live footage in this episode is bound to bring back some immense memories. Planet Notion attended Toolroom Knights at Space, Ibiza, last summer and it was one of our favourite nights of the year. We still have the poster hanging on our wall… Similarly, the scenes captured at TK’s fifth birthday at the Brixton Academy really convey fans’ excitement at the celebration (check out our interview with Mark Storie for TK5). Footage from the live set shows spectacular performances by James Knight on the sax for Man With The Red Face and Skin from Skunk Anansie singing her forthcoming release with Mark Knight, Nothing Matters. Finally, we get to see how Toolroom do the Amsterdam Dance Event, with other professionals and devoted fans flying in from various countries to share the experience.
Yet, behind the travel, the jumps between LA and Ibiza, Mambo and Space, the interviews, the clubs, the lasers and the cheers, in just half an hour, this episode emphasises the significance of the people behind the music, the generations of DJs, producers and fans. It’s interesting to see the huge spectrum of DJs that Toolroom supports: we see Mark Knight chatting with the winner of the Pioneer Bedroom DJ competition, Simon Ambrose, then later we catch a snippet from an interview between Pete Griffiths and Fedde le Grand. Clips from interviews with various producers and DJs are littered throughout the episode; although, the most interesting insight into the work ethic sustaining the Toolroom empire comes from Funkagenda when he states,
The cool thing about being with Toolroom is that it’s almost more like a family than a record label. So every time somebody achieves something, everyone kinda feels the benefit or at least the good vibes that you get from that.
This comes across well in the interactions between DJs and is evident in the success of the label itself. You also see this enthusiasm in exchanges between DJs and fans, as one fan at TK5 tells Mark Knight, “You’re a ****ing hero man”. This energy and supportive mentality, in our experience, extends throughout much of the fanbase. Having attended TK events in different clubs, festivals and countries, it’s not uncommon, when you’re at Ministry of Sound, to bump into someone you chatted to last summer halfway through Mark Knight’s set at Space. And you know you can expect the same at the next TK event, wherever it is, as the same friendly faces are joined by new enthusiastic ones. This is a remarkable reward for all the time and effort Toolroom put into each release and event.
So, a fun and interesting first episode, full of live footage and interview clips, that prompts the question, ‘What will Toolroom do next?’ At Planet Notion, we’re already looking forward to more Toolroom antics during the rest of 2012 at Global Gathering, Space, Ministry and ADE. We have no doubt that Toolroom TV will bring us some fascinating insights. But whatever happens, Toolroom has spawned our new favourite phrase, ‘Stay tooled up’ – you wouldn’t believe the variety of situations you can use this in.
Watch episode 1 of Toolroom TV now:
Go to ToolroomTV.com for information on upcoming episodes.
- Ann Bartholomew